JAMES RIELLY
BORN WITH A PLASTIC SPOON, KNIFE AND FORK IN MY MOUTH
March 15 – April 28, 2018

Bringing together recent oil paintings on linen as well as a set of 27 ceramic plates, BORN WITH A PLASTIC SPOON, FORK AND KNIFE IN MY MOUTH, is the new solo exhibition by James Rielly.
An animation from 16 watercolours has been specially made for the basement of the gallery which gave the exhibition its title.

The highly characteristic works of British painter James Rielly focus on the clichés, ideologies and metaphors of children. Creating subversive and at times surreal portraits of bright-eyed, school- aged youths, Rielly addresses notions of societal tension and tradition. His most well-known series are Casual Influences (2000) and Sensible Ways (96-97), which consist of large-scale portraits inspired by stories and images taken from local newspaper articles. Through the act of highlighting certain features and roles in children, Rielly’s pieces bring out the dysfunctional nature of adults.

Rielly has shown his paintings in a number of solo exhibitions since 1983 including Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, Fond Regional d’Art Contemporain Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, Centro de Arte de Salamanca (CASA), Salamanca, Spain, Centre d’Art Neuchâtel, Switzerland, among many others. In 1995 he was awarded a MOMART fellowship at Tate Gallery and in 1997 he was shortlisted for the Jerwood Prize and took part in the exhibition Sensation – YBA at the London Royal Academy. He has been Professor of Painting at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France since 2006.

James Rielly BORN WITH A PLASTIC SPOON, KNIFE AND FORK IN MY MOUTH, Monteverita, MonteveritaParis
James Rielly, Random acts of kindness, 2018, glaze on ceramic plate, 25 x 25 cm.
James Rielly BORN WITH A PLASTIC SPOON, KNIFE AND FORK IN MY MOUTH, Monteverita, MonteveritaParis
James Rielly, Holy mountain, 2017, oil on canvas, 28 x 30 cm.
James Rielly BORN WITH A PLASTIC SPOON, KNIFE AND FORK IN MY MOUTH, Monteverita, MonteveritaParis
James Rielly, Let me bend over backwards for you, 2017, oil paint on linen, 25.5 x 31 cm.
James Rielly BORN WITH A PLASTIC SPOON, KNIFE AND FORK IN MY MOUTH, Monteverita, MonteveritaParis
James Rielly, Only happy when you are happy, 2017, oil paint on linen, 204 x 183 cm.
James Rielly BORN WITH A PLASTIC SPOON, KNIFE AND FORK IN MY MOUTH, Monteverita, MonteveritaParis
James Rielly, Only happy when you’re happy, 2017, oil paint on linen, 204 x 183 cm.
Born with a plastic spoon, knife and fork in my mouth, watercolour on paper, 84 x 119 cm.
James Rielly BORN WITH A PLASTIC SPOON, KNIFE AND FORK IN MY MOUTH, Monteverita, MonteveritaParis
James Rielly, The boy with sad eyes, 2018, oil paint on linen, 51 x 46 cm.
Without rhyme or reason, In love, 2017, oil paint on linen, 183 x 204 cm.
James Rielly BORN WITH A PLASTIC SPOON, KNIFE AND FORK IN MY MOUTH, Monteverita, MonteveritaParis
James Rielly BORN WITH A PLASTIC SPOON, KNIFE AND FORK IN MY MOUTH, Monteverita, MonteveritaParis
James Rielly, Hesitate, 2018, oil paint on linen, 51 x 46 cm.
James Rielly BORN WITH A PLASTIC SPOON, KNIFE AND FORK IN MY MOUTH, Monteverita, MonteveritaParis
James Rielly, With or without God on our side, 2017, oil paint on linen, 125 x 104 cm.
James Rielly BORN WITH A PLASTIC SPOON, KNIFE AND FORK IN MY MOUTH, Monteverita, MonteveritaParis
Born with a plastic spoon, knife and fork in my mouth, 2017, animation.
James Rielly BORN WITH A PLASTIC SPOON, KNIFE AND FORK IN MY MOUTH, Monteverita, MonteveritaParis
James Rielly, First, second and third, 2014, watercolour on paper, 28 x 39 cm.
Man with suitcase, 1997, oil paint on linen, 46 x 36 cm.
Six Eyes, 2014, watercolour on paper, 38 x 28 cm.
Happy black bird, 2014, ink on paper, 39 x 28 cm.
Walking backward towards Europe, 2017, oil paint on linen, 51 x 46 cm.
James Rielly BORN WITH A PLASTIC SPOON, KNIFE AND FORK IN MY MOUTH, Monteverita, MonteveritaParis
James Rielly, Tears, 2018, oil paint on linen, 61 x 51 cm.
Ghosts working with fears and inhibitions, 2017, oil paint on linen, 61 x 51 cm.
Jesus with six arms, 2014, watercolour on paper, 38 x 28 cm.
Man in the Park, 1989, oil paint on linen, 46 x 36 cm.
Thinking about things, 2014, watercolour on paper, 38 x 28 cm.
James Rielly BORN WITH A PLASTIC SPOON, KNIFE AND FORK IN MY MOUTH, Monteverita, MonteveritaParis
James Rielly, Make yourself desirable, 2017, oil paint on linen, 198 x 168 cm.
James Rielly BORN WITH A PLASTIC SPOON, KNIFE AND FORK IN MY MOUTH, Monteverita, MonteveritaParis
James Rielly, Born with a plastic spoon, knife and fork in my mouth, 2018, watercolour on paper, 21 x 30 cm (each).